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End of Week 2: Gone Shootin'

Posted by egiarta1671 Jan 21, 2012

So that explains my absence! Sorry for not posting updates for over a week...finals, homework, and FIRST® Robotics were driving me to the limits of my productivity. Luckily now, with the former two out of the way, I can relay updates from from our 1671 Buchanan Bird Brains team during the past week. Note that the following updates are listed in no particular order:

 

1. Finished Hoop Station with the help of our mentor and fellow CUSD teacher Richard Kinney. Tons of fun shooting the balls into the rims.

 

2. Began total tranformation of shooter prototype, went to a four wheel, two top, two bottom firing system. Seems successful for many teams thus far.

 

3. CAD base in PTC's Creo has under gone SEVERAL changes in the past few days. We will set a final design very shortly.

 

4. Prgramming team has made progress on the camera tracking abilities. Hopefully this will give us a crucial advantage on the court.

 

5. With the help of engineer Michael Stokes, the electronics team has begun using CAN (controller area network) to control this year's Jaguar's. Again, this is to give us that advantage on the court.

 

6. Our public relations has done excellent work posting and editing material on the website. Please check out what they have done at http://team1671.com/

 

7. Shooter prototype successfully lauches ball 50+ feet, with fair amount of variability due to human error. Also destoys the balls: http://t.co/D80MxyZl at http://twitter.com/frc1671 or http://facebook.com/frc1671

 

8. Bumper assembly in CAD completed and rudimentary starting and ending protocol developed.

 

9. Developed plan of action to raise enough funds for trip to Championship in St. Louis, MO.

 

10. Technical Sergeant Luna of the US Air Force visited our team's operation and was very impressed. More news to come.

 

11. Held two successful parent meetings on the topics of booster club and cross country travels.

 

12. Awesome pasta dinner provided by the Carbajal family. Thanks!

 

13. Welcomed back CART/CW team the 3296 Neon Knights from four day finals study break.

 

14 Visited folks from Duncan Polytechnical High School 3970 Duncan Dynamics. They are one rookie team off to a fabulous start.

 

15. Burned three Jaguars due to faulty wiring (rest in peace fine pieces of technology).

 

16. Used closed control loop to test shooter prototype. We seem to have found a way to hit the three pointers. Videos here soon.

 

17. CAD scheduled to be completed in next two or three days. Plan for next two weeks: contruct the robot Doc 8: [Insert Name Here]

 

18. Great end to first third of the 2012 FRC season.

 

That's all for now. I sincerely hope the other teams are doing just as great!

 

Build Season Counter: DAY 15

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

 

I hope your vacation season was as good as (or better than) mine. Most of two weeks of break were spent by finishing up college applications, a headache indeed. I am thankful they are over, just in time for the New Year's celebrations. In actuality, my completing college applications had rendered my late for a friend's birthday party and new year's get together. But as soon as I walked in the door, they all gave me a round of applause and a hug...if felt real good. Strange thing is, most of them didn't even know the work I had just gone through. They were just happy I was there.

 

But there have been other things on my mind too. Most notably the fast approaching day of the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff this Saturday, January 7th. Even with so little time before the game release, there is still a lot to be done: CAD model of proposed robot drive, order parts from our sponsors at Harris Manufacturing and Pelco by Schneider Electric, prepare purchase orders for common suppliers of robot parts and materials, reclaim practice bot from Duncan Polytechnical High School Team 3970 the Duncan Dynamics (they are rookies!), finalize BOM for aluminum robot cart, configure Gantt chart, get food for kickoff and build season, and a myraid of other tasks.

Albeit, much has gotten done, and I am glad of it! Our Special Projects Director Shahen Ohanian recently completed a monster robot cart with the help of Thomas Bayhi, Central Valley Robotics FLL Director, and Michael Pretzer, Handyman at Fresno Interdenominational Minsitries (FIRM). Our CAD members got to tour Bob Cain's plant of Harris Manufacturing, our primary metal hardware sponsor. Our team's shirt designs are being finialized and ordered. We are preparing plans for the trip to Championships, and we just received three more computers to use thanks to Clovis Unified and the IT department. Several, mentors have sucessfully installed Creo 1.0 and CAD members will be following up as well. Our plan for kickoff is almost finalized and this Saturday should be a blast. Frankly, I don't see it going any other way!

 

There's much more to be thankful of, but I am too tired to list them all. In miscellaneous news, I finally finished the Assassin's Creed game. It was quite simply, but I am glad I don't need to spend time with that anymore. There's so much to do currently, on top of robotics and all: homework, scholarships, other clubs, and finals. Truthfully, I don't know how I will make it. But I have faith I will, not on my account though, but the Lord's. All will be well!

 

I will likely be doing a double post today. With so much going on this week, there is enough material. And the season hasn't even started....!

 

And to all other high school seniors, college graduates, and job applicants reading this, good luck and God bless to your own endeavours for work and school.

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All I Want for Christmas...

Posted by egiarta1671 Dec 23, 2011

is some peace (piece? haha) of mind. It's been a pretty good vacation break so far. No waking up early, no school, no need to do homework. It's been nice being able to do fun stuff rather than busy school work. There is still a lot of things to prepare for robotics however, and time is running out. Unfortunately, someting else that I have needed to do is college applications. Most of them are due by New Year's Day, and there is a lot that needs to be done there. Already the first week of winter break is coming to a close, and I have yet to do any homework. Nothing new really, procrastination is the name of the game in high school.

 

And these thoughts bouncing around my head have gotten me thinking..."Man, I don't want to thnk anymore!" It's a strange feeling, but it's one that I am sure everyone get once in awhile. My problem is right now, I feel like there's always something to do and that I am forgetting something. And quite often that is the case. I just hope that on Sunday, on Christmas, I can have the peace of mind to just relax and chill with family and friends. Until then though, still got lots to do...

 

Build Season Counter: Day -15